I have so many students on my caseload who struggle with understanding figurative language.
It’s not always easy to find engaging materials to target this skill, and so many of my students are at different levels.
Some have goals to match an idiom to the correct meaning, others have goals to state the correct meaning of an idiom.
Some benefit from picture supports, while other students on my caseload need more of a challenge. Let’s face it- as SLPs, we’re used to being flexible!
I was so excited when I received my Interactive Illustrated Idioms from SpeechPage in the mail. First of all, they are colorful and fun, but not too “babyish”. I used these cards with my 4th and 5th grade students, and trust me, they would have let me know if they thought the illustrations were “too young” for them. Next, these cards are pre-cut and pre-laminated. I don’t have to go into great detail about why I find that AWESOME! Third, these cards are super easy to store. Mine are in a binder.
I have one student in particular who I knew would really need things broken down. I wanted to give him a field of only 2 answer choices. I simply traced two cards side by side on construction paper and then cut out the rectangle to achieve this. I then laminated it. We drew arrows to the correct answer choice in order to match the idiom to the correct meaning. Dry erase markers are always a hit in my room!
He was super engaged with these pictures from the start. After we went over all of the idioms on one page, I then wanted him to tell me the meanings.
We flipped the construction paper over so that the clear, laminated part was at the bottom, and we stuck his notebook underneath. I then chose a targeted idiom and placed it on the page.
My next group benefited with a little less structure, so instead of providing them with the literal meaning pictures AND the figurative language picture, I only provided them with the answer choices.
I really love this product. It’s versatile, fun, and engaging for my students. I highly recommend this product from SpeechPage if you’re in the market for some figurative language therapy materials!
Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for a blog review. All opinions expressed within this article are true, honest, and my own.